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Drug Busts Off The Latin America Pacific Coast The Highest In Five Years

August 10, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Drug Busts Off The Latin America Pacific Coast The Highest In Five Years This is what $110 MILLION in cocaine looks like

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The U.S. Coast Guard says cocaine seizures off Latin America’s Pacific coast have soared in 2015 to their highest levels in five years.

Federal officials on Monday planned to hold a press conference in San Diego to laud the efforts of the Coast Guard aided by the Navy, federal law enforcement agencies and the navies of allied nations that have resulted in the seizure of 119,000 pounds of cocaine worth about $1.8 billion over the past 10 months.

Authorities say that’s more than the total amount of cocaine seized in fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014 combined.

Traffickers have been increasingly turning to the high seas to get their loads to U.S. markets, and skirt the tightened security on land at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As JammedUp reported, the U.S. Coast Guard made a record seizure last week in Pacific waters.

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Crew from CGC Jarvis detain a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in Pacific waters last year

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Stratton, based in Northern California, intercepted a 40-foot “self-propelled semi-submersible” about 200 miles south of Mexico in international waters off the coast of Central America after a Navy patrol plane spotted it, according to a statement by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said they left the remaining 4,000 inside the boat to “stabilize it during the towing evolution,” but it sank before it could reach the main Coast Guard ship, rendering its contents “unrecoverable.”

Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy said the massive cocaine spill caused no harm to the environment, according to the Navy Times.

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